I had to double check the Pro-Football-Reference tool several times to make sure that I hadn’t made a mistake. Then I had found out that I did make a mistake, but then even undoing that mistake, the result was the same: the LA Rams have done something twice that no other team has done once yet in 2020.
Despite their 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, the Rams held Miami to only 90 yards passing and 55 yards rushing. The Dolphins didn’t have a drive longer than 33 yards and they punted on all six drives in the second half. Miami’s longest drive after the first quarter was 27 yards and nine of their drives went for single digits.
The Rams may have benefited from the inexperience by debut starter Tua Tagovailoa, who went 12 of 22 for 93 yards with one touchdown and one fumble lost. Running back Myles Gaskin carried it 18 times for 47 yards and he tied as the Dolphins leading receiver with 16 yards.
There is no other team in the NFL that has held an opponent to under 100 passing yards and under 80 rushing yards in the same game this season.
Except for the LA Rams.
In Alex Smith’s return to the field for Washington Football Team, the Rams held them to 70 yards passing and 38 yards rushing. Smith gained only 37 yards on 17 pass attempts in relief of Kyle Allen and rookie Antonio Gibson had 27 rushing yards on 11 carries. J.D. McKissic was the leading receiver with 46 yards.
Jalen Ramsey played a full slate in that game and was not targeted once, but missed most of Week 8’s loss in Miami with an illness.
The Rams are now third in points allowed per game, second in yards allowed, second in passing yards allowed and first in net yards per pass attempt allowed. They are also sixth in yards per carry allowed and also held the Chicago Bears to only 49 rushing yards in Week 7. It wasn’t that long ago that LA had a decisive win against a winning team.
It also wasn’t that long ago since their last dominant performance on defense, a bright side to a poor outcome.